This Paleo coconut lime chicken only takes half an hour to make and it all comes together in only one pan. It has a light coconut flavor and the sauce is really good either with just the chicken or with something to soak it up like cauliflower rice.
Looking for a delicious Keto meal that’s jam-packed full of flavor? My recipe offers exactly that: deliciousness on a plate that’s Keto-friendly and has a spicy kick.
I love the fact that this entire recipe is prepared in one pan. What’s even better is that everything is cooked in coconut oil - which helps elevate the dish’s coconut-infused flavor.
When preparing this recipe, be sure to use full-fat coconut milk in order to keep it Keto-friendly. If you want to increase the spiciness, I recommend using one full tablespoon of chili flakes rather than half a tablespoon.
It’s impressive how thick the coconut-lime sauce can get despite not having any cornstarch in it. I was extremely generous with the green onion garnishing - it helps offset the dish’s overall spicy flavor!
I am a creature of habit... I follow the same route when shopping at the grocery store, I load the dishwasher the same (basic) way every time, I eat the same varieties of foods for breakfast and lunch, etc. My systems break when it comes to dinner. I can't eat the same thing for dinner every night. I don't know why it doesn't bother me for lunch and breakfast, and not dinner...but it does. I need variety for dinner.
Consequently, I am always looking for new ways to prepare dinner. When I first started cooking healthy dinners every night - many years ago. I was "scared" of fats (even healthy fats), so I basically served the same thing for dinner night after night (chicken, plain brown rice, and steamed broccoli)...so BORING, and as you can imagine dinner became less of a priority, and I didn't look forward to sitting down and eating with my family (although making dinner and coming up with a menu was super simple - I guess there is a give and take both ways).
Nowadays, I am no longer "scared" of healthy fats, and depend on them to flavor my foods, and I am a huge advocate of healthy, flavorful, meals. I now look forward to cooking and serving dinner - it's amazing how things change...I never thought I would be admitting to the world that I like to cook dinner!
This recipe meets all my current dinner requirements - healthy, high in protein, healthy fats, simple, flavorful, and makes a balanced meal when served with a heaping serving of vegetables and a side dish like cauliflower rice or your favorite kind of rice. It's an all-around win!
How to make
- Season the chicken
Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper
- Cook the chicken
Drizzle some coconut oil in a pre-heated skillet and cook the chicken. Remove to a clean plate.
- Cook the onion and garlic
In the same pan, saute the onion over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for one more minute.
- Add water, lime juice and cilantro
Add the above ingredients then bring to a boil and lower the heat.
- Add coconut milk
Add coconut milk and chili flakes and simmer for 4-6 minutes.
- Finish cooking
Add the cooked chicken and allow to cook for 7-9 minutes.
Serve on individual plates with your favorite keto-friendly side dish. Garnish chicken with chopped green onion and lime slices. Enjoy!
I would love to know if you try this and what you think of it. Please comment below and let me know.Print
This Keto coconut lime chicken only takes half an hour to make and it all comes together in only one pan. It has a light coconut flavor and the sauce is really good either with just the chicken or with something to soak it up like cauliflower rice.
- 4-5 skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup water
- Juice of one lime
- 2-3 tbsp dried cilantro
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- ½ tbsp red chili flakes
- 2-3 stalks green onion, chopped
- One lime, sliced (for garnishing)
- Sprinkle both sides of each chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
- Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
- Cook chicken on an oiled pan. Once they’re all cooked through, place on a clean plate and set them aside.
- In the same pan, saute onion over medium heat until translucent.
- Add the garlic and saute for one more minute.
- Add water, lime juice and cilantro - bring to a boil then lower heat.
- Add coconut milk and chili flakes and simmer for 4-6 minutes.
- Add cooked chicken and allow to cook for 7-9 minutes.
- Serve on individual plates with your favorite keto-friendly side dish. Garnish chicken with chopped green onion and lime slices. Enjoy!
Keywords: creamy, quick, easy